Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce AL East magic number to 3

CINCINNATI (AP) Mookie Betts wasn't about to stop. Neither are the Red Sox, who are heading home with a chance to win another division title.

Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday that moved them closer to an AL East championship.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown, something they've never done.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

''We're learning a lot about ourselves,'' said Doug Fister, who pitched into the sixth. ''We can put ourselves in a corner early and fight back. If we need a touchdown, the boys can put up a touchdown.''

Boston inched closer with more late-game flair. The Red Sox lead the majors with 11 wins when trailing after the seventh inning.

They loaded the bases against Raisel Iglesias (3-3), who had blown only one save chance all season. Betts had fouled a ball off his foot on Friday night and missed one game. His double tied it 5-all, and he sprinted home on the still-sore foot - diving headfirst into the plate - on Rafael Devers' infield single.

''I felt he had a chance to beat it, and with me running it was going to be a tough play at the plate,'' Betts said.

Robby Scott (2-1) got the win, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 appearances.

Billy Hamilton helped the Reds go up 4-1. He tripled home a run and brought the crowd to its feet by scoring after getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a wild throw, and Hamilton kept going when nobody covered home.

''In my whole career, that's one of the best ones, especially since I was in a rundown and just trying to get to second base and then I end up scoring,'' Hamilton said.

GOT THEIR BACKS

Red Sox and Reds players stood for the national anthem. Boston manager John Farrell said if any of his players decide to follow the example of other athletes and make a statement during the anthem, he'll support them. ''We strive to create an environment that's inclusive,'' Farrell said. ''We would have their back as an organization if that's the expression they chose. It's their constitutional right.''

INTERLEAGUE

The Red Sox are 12-1 against the Reds all-time in the regular season and have won nine straight, their longest winning streak against any NL team since interleague play started in 1997. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship. Overall, Boston is 16-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 5-15.

90 LOSSES AGAIN

The Reds reached the 90-loss mark for the third straight year. They lost 98 games in 2015 and 94 last year. It's the first time they've had three straight 90-loss seasons since 1930-34.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez ran the bases before the game, his next step in recovering from a sprained knee.

Reds: Hamilton was back in the lineup after getting a day off. He's played twice since returning from a broken left thumb.

UP NEXT

Reds Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (16-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Brett Anderson (1-2) on Monday night. Pomeranz is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

Reds: After a day off, they finish with three games in Milwaukee and three at the Chicago Cubs. Deck McGuire (0-0) makes his first major league start Tuesday night against Zach Davies (17-9).

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  • W: R. Scott (2-1)L: R. Iglesias (3-3)S: C. Kimbrel (35)
  • HR: BOS - R. Devers (10)
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R. Devers 3B41221010.303.358.518.8767.5
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J. Bradley CF20000201.249.329.414.7442.0
S. Leon C20100001.225.292.347.6392.0
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  • a-struck out for Leon in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Reed in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF31110120.250.301.338.6394.0
Z. Cozart SS41200011.302.387.553.9402.5
J. Votto 1B40200021.317.452.5711.0241.0
S. Gennett 2B40210011.298.346.547.8933.5
E. Suarez 3B40000033.261.370.470.840-1.5
S. Schebler RF40000012.232.309.487.796-0.5
A. Duvall LF21100110.244.296.477.7732.5
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P. Ervin LF10000000.265.333.490.8230.0
T. Barnhart C40000014.270.347.393.741-0.5
J. Stephens P21100010.400.400.400.8001.5
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K. Shackelford P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
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  • a-struck out for Shackelford in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (46), S. Leon (14)
  • HR - R. Devers (10)
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (99), R. Devers 2 (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Gennett (22)
  • 3B - B. Hamilton (10)
  • RBI - B. Hamilton (38), S. Gennett (94)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Hamilton (15), S. Gennett (38)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (12)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Betts 2 (8)
  • E - J. Bradley (4), D. Pedroia (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Fister5.19330904.871.407.5
F. Abad0.20001002.931.16-1.0
B. Workman0.20101102.371.13-0.5
R. Scott (W, 2-1)0.10000103.931.027.5
A. Reed (H, 15)1.00000202.881.044.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.00000101.340.6610.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Fister5.1
F. Abad0.2
B. Workman0.2
R. Scott (W, 2-1)0.1
A. Reed (H, 15)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Stephens6.02112313.861.0017.5
W. Peralta (H, 15)0.20001103.791.18-0.5
M. Lorenzen (H, 18)0.11221104.371.36-3.5
R. Iglesias (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)1.02221002.401.11-7.0
K. Shackelford1.00000005.201.483.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Stephens6.0
W. Peralta (H, 15)0.2
M. Lorenzen (H, 18)0.1
R. Iglesias (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)1.0
K. Shackelford1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - F. Abad
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 86-59, F. Abad 12-6, B. Workman 20-10, R. Scott 6-3, A. Reed 12-9, C. Kimbrel 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 3-2, F. Abad 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Fister 23, F. Abad 3, B. Workman 3, R. Scott, A. Reed 3, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Stephens 90-56, W. Peralta 13-8, M. Lorenzen 11-7, R. Iglesias 29-19, K. Shackelford 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Stephens 8-7, W. Peralta 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-2, K. Shackelford 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Stephens 22, W. Peralta 3, M. Lorenzen 3, R. Iglesias 6, K. Shackelford 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Pedroia 2B40000013.295.370.396.766-0.5
A. Benintendi LF21000200.275.358.429.7863.0
M. Betts RF41130011.263.341.456.7985.5
M. Moreland 1B40000001.243.324.430.7540.0
R. Devers 3B41221010.303.358.518.8767.5
D. Marrero 3B00000000.221.267.350.6170.0
J. Bradley CF20000201.249.329.414.7442.0
S. Leon C20100001.225.292.347.6392.0
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D. Fister P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Leon in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Reed in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF31110120.250.301.338.6394.0
Z. Cozart SS41200011.302.387.553.9402.5
J. Votto 1B40200021.317.452.5711.0241.0
S. Gennett 2B40210011.298.346.547.8933.5
E. Suarez 3B40000033.261.370.470.840-1.5
S. Schebler RF40000012.232.309.487.796-0.5
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P. Ervin LF10000000.265.333.490.8230.0
T. Barnhart C40000014.270.347.393.741-0.5
J. Stephens P21100010.400.400.400.8001.5
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P. Kivlehan LF10000000.205.305.386.6910.0
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a- J. Winker PH10000010.279.360.486.846-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Shackelford in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Betts (46), S. Leon (14)
  • HR - R. Devers (10)
  • RBI - M. Betts 3 (99), R. Devers 2 (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Devers (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Gennett (22)
  • 3B - B. Hamilton (10)
  • RBI - B. Hamilton (38), S. Gennett (94)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Hamilton (15), S. Gennett (38)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - B. Hamilton (12)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Betts 2 (8)
  • E - J. Bradley (4), D. Pedroia (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Fister5.19330904.871.407.5
F. Abad0.20001002.931.16-1.0
B. Workman0.20101102.371.13-0.5
R. Scott (W, 2-1)0.10000103.931.027.5
A. Reed (H, 15)1.00000202.881.044.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.00000101.340.6610.5
Total9.09432140---
PITCHERSIP
D. Fister5.1
F. Abad0.2
B. Workman0.2
R. Scott (W, 2-1)0.1
A. Reed (H, 15)1.0
C. Kimbrel (S, 35)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Stephens6.02112313.861.0017.5
W. Peralta (H, 15)0.20001103.791.18-0.5
M. Lorenzen (H, 18)0.11221104.371.36-3.5
R. Iglesias (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)1.02221002.401.11-7.0
K. Shackelford1.00000005.201.483.0
Total9.0555551---
PITCHERSIP
J. Stephens6.0
W. Peralta (H, 15)0.2
M. Lorenzen (H, 18)0.1
R. Iglesias (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)1.0
K. Shackelford1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - F. Abad
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 86-59, F. Abad 12-6, B. Workman 20-10, R. Scott 6-3, A. Reed 12-9, C. Kimbrel 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 3-2, F. Abad 2-0, C. Kimbrel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Fister 23, F. Abad 3, B. Workman 3, R. Scott, A. Reed 3, C. Kimbrel 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Stephens 90-56, W. Peralta 13-8, M. Lorenzen 11-7, R. Iglesias 29-19, K. Shackelford 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Stephens 8-7, W. Peralta 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-2, K. Shackelford 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Stephens 22, W. Peralta 3, M. Lorenzen 3, R. Iglesias 6, K. Shackelford 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored54
    Betts doubled to deep left, Vazquez, Bogaerts and Benintendi scored44
  • 7TH INNING
    Hamilton scored on 2nd baseman Pedroia fielding error14
  • 5TH INNING
    Hamilton tripled to deep right, Stephens scored13
    Stephens singled to center, Duvall scored, Stephens to second on center fielder Bradley fielding error12
    Devers homered to right11
  • 1ST INNING
    Gennett doubled to deep right, Cozart scored, Gennett out at third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kevin Shackelford relieved Raisel Iglesias
    • Brock Holt hit for Addison Reed
    • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holt grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Kimbrel pitching
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ervin flied out to right
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • Jesse Winker hit for Kevin Shackelford
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • Patrick Kivlehan in left
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez walked
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left, Vazquez to second
    • Phillip Ervin in left
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher, Vazquez to third, Bogaerts to second
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Betts doubled to deep left, Vazquez, Bogaerts and Benintendi scored
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moreland fouled out to third
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Betts scored
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (8 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Deven Marrero at third
    • Addison Reed relieved Robby Scott
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Gennett lined out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Jackson Stephens
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Moreland grounded out to second
    • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked
    • Hanley Ramirez hit for Sandy Leon
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Christian Vazquez catching
    • Brandon Workman pitching
    • P. Kivlehan: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kivlehan flied out to right
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • Z. Cozart: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Hamilton scored on 2nd baseman Pedroia fielding error, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart struck out looking
    • Robby Scott relieved Brandon Workman
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • D. Pedroia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia grounded out to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to right
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Gennett singled to center, Votto to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • Fernando Abad relieved Doug Fister
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Schebler grounded out to first, Votto to third, Gennett to second
    • A. Duvall: Duvall intentionally walked
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Foul, Devers homered to right
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked
    • S. Leon: Ball (pitchout), Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Leon flied out to left
    • D. Fister: Foul, Ball, Foul, Fister popped bunt out to pitcher
    • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Schebler grounded out to first
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Duvall reached on an infield single to third
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart popped out to shortstop
    • J. Stephens: Strike looking, Strike looking, Stephens singled to center, Duvall scored, Stephens to second on center fielder Bradley fielding error
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hamilton tripled to deep right, Stephens scored
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cozart flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi lined out to second
    • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Votto singled to right, Cozart out at third
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Gennett struck out on foul tip
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez reached on fielder's choice to third, Votto out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • S. Leon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Leon doubled to deep right
    • D. Fister: Foul, Fister lined out to left
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • J. Stephens: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stephens struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to third
    • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to first
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler grounded out to first
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duvall struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Stephens Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Fister Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart singled to center
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Gennett doubled to deep right, Cozart scored, Gennett out at third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)